Research Profile

  • Lee Waters is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Prior to venturing into the world of academia Lee was showed promise as a 400m runner by being part of the then-called UK Athletics Talent Identification. Unfortunately, Lee sustained a significant injury which cut his time in the sport short and any aspirations of progressing went with it. This situation led Lee to complete a BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science, an MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, and he became a Primary Practitioner in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy through the New York Albert Ellis Institution.

    Lee is currently in the process of completing his PhD Sport and Exercise Psychology, which focuses on the underlying mechanisms of decision-making using eye tracking technology. Through this, Lee has worked with beginners to elite athletes in Taekwondo, Archery, Football, Rugby and Waterpolo.

  • Lee has been teaching for over 12 years and has experience in both further education and higher education. Throughout this time, Lee has led learning and teaching development programmes for staff, has been module leader for various psychological topics and led many research projects as a dissertation supervisor.

    Using his up to date knowledge, Lee likes to lay down the challenge to students to honestly reflect on their practices, become critical thinkers and effective problem solvers. This is typically achieved by reflecting on live, dynamic situations where students can truly ‘experience’ what is being taught.

  • Lee’s current research orientates around analysing the underlying mechanisms of decision making in sporting situations, with focus on the visual system. Lee uses Eye Tracking technology to assess what athletes are focussing on when making decisions.

    Current Projects:

    • The Effects of Sports Vision Training on Archery Performance
    • Gaze Behaviours of Ice Hockey Officials
    • What is your why? Gaze behaviours cricket batters
  • Waters, L, Basevitch, I, Timmis, M, Cavallerio, F. & Van-Paridon, K. (2022) Retrospective Interview with Amateur Soccer Officials Using Eye Tracker Footage, International Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, Vol: 16, No: 8

    Thompson, N. & Waters, L. (2020) The Effects of Augmented Feedback on Twenty-Five Kilometre Cycling Time Trials on Trained Cyclists, Vol: 9, No: 2, 25-26